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Nanotubes and Asbestos Video

By Vrylena Olney on July 27, 2009 | 0 comments

(A confession: Brad Herring sent me a link to this video months ago and I carefully filed it away to include in a later blog post and in the newsletter. Then I forgot about it until Brad very graciously mentioned it last week. My apologies.)

Nano Sunscreens: Not So Bad?

By Vrylena Olney on July 20, 2009 | 0 comments

There's been some debate about the safety of nano-sized particles of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in sunscreens-- one of the scenarios discussed in the NISE Net's Nanomedicine in Healthcare forum relates to using nano-sized particles of zinc oxide in sunscreen. However, one consumer group recently weighed in that maybe nano sunscreens are okay.

Blowing Bubbles and Learning About Nanostructures

By Vrylena Olney on July 8, 2009 | 0 comments


Visitors to the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY, are blowing bubbles and exploring the nanoworld at the same time.

Visitors to the outdoor science park investigate the properties of bubbles, structures that self-assemble from soap film. They also create large soap films, observing that the colors of the film depend on its thickness. Summer campers are using clear nail polish to make rainbow-colored thin films that won't pop.

There's POLYMER SLIME in that summer camp!

By Vrylena Olney on July 2, 2009 | 0 comments

Campers at the Austin Children's Museum will be learning about molecules and mixing up a batch of polymer slime this summer, as well as extracting strawberry DNA, and doing the liquid crystals activity from the NanoDays kit in the museum's Girls Explore Science Camp.

What makes you think that?

By Vrylena Olney on June 19, 2009 | 0 comments

The NISE Net has a forum called "Risks, Benefits, and Who Decides?" but maybe the question should be "How do they decide?"

There's nano in that summer camp! Part 3

By Vrylena Olney on June 12, 2009 | 0 comments

Mike Rathbun at the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, IL recently emailed saying that they plan to conduct a 2-day teacher workshop on nanoscale science plus they're attempting daily nano cart demos on their floor all summer.

There's nano in that summer camp! Part 2

By Vrylena Olney on June 2, 2009 | 0 comments

It's all-summer-programming-all-the-time on the Nano Bite this week. Here are a few examples of how partners are incorporating nano topics into their regular summer programming: